Danish authorities have filed another charge against the inventor of a home-made submarine suspected over the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose headless torso was found off Copenhagen.
Madsen denies wrongdoing, saying Ms Wall died in an accident aboard the submarine and he buried her at sea. She was last seen alive on the submarine on August 10 and her naked torso was found on Monday.
Police said her head, arms and leg had been deliberately cut off. They also said a piece of metal had been attached to the torso likely with the purpose to make it sink, and marks on it indicated someone had tried to press air out of the body so it would not float.
Under Denmark’s penal code, a manslaughter charge carries a prison sentence of between five years and life, and indecent handling of corpses carries a fine or up to six months in jail.
DNA tests made public on Wednesday confirmed the torso was Ms Wall’s and dried blood found inside the submarine, which sank during the trip, also matched her DNA.
Mr Moeller Jensen said investigators still were looking for other body parts and her clothes, including an orange turtleneck blouse, a black-and-white skirt and white trainers. Her family said Ms Wall was doing a story on Madsen.
He added that divers were searching the harbour of the village Dragoer, where Madsen was detained after being rescued on August 11 from the sinking submarine. Police believe he deliberately scuttled the vessel.
The case has prompted investigators to reopen unsolved killings in Denmark, including that of a dismembered 22-year-old Japanese tourist whose corpse was found in several plastic bags in Copenhagen harbour in 1986.